“You cannot change the way you feel until you change the way you think because your thoughts will determine the way you feel.” Tony Evans
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Hebrews 4:11
How would you feel if you talked to someone who knew every thought and motive in your life more clearly than you understood them yourself? In all probability, you would seek to avoid him. Generally, people are not proud of their thoughts. “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” 126
Why don’t you seek to avoid His company? In one sense because you cannot; He is omniscient and ubiquitous. But in a more profound sense, you don’t want to escape His gaze. There are three reasons given in these closing verses of Hebrews 4 on why you seek Him, knowing that He knows you.
First (v. 14), He is our High Priest; the role of the Old Testament High Priest, in part, was to function as an advocate for the people. Jesus defends you before the Tribunal of God on the basis of His paying the penalty for your sin.
Second (v. 15), Jesus was “in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”127 Empathy. He understands our weakness and remembers that “we are but dust.”128 He accepts you just the way you are.
Third (v. 16), He gives access to His throne. In ancient courts, few people had access to the king uninvited, and one of them was the heir to his throne. You have this right before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
You must accept others and others must accept you because God establishes the standard of acceptance. For most, self-acceptance is the most difficult of all, for you know yourself better than anyone other than God. Because God accepts you, and you dare not seek a standard of acceptance higher than His, you must accept yourself. This allows you a freedom in Christ found no where else.
126 Hebrews 4:13
Deuteronomy 25-27 Mark 14:27-53 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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